Friday, November 28, 2008

Four Weekends Before Xmas

i hear this alot. i don't have any time. i don't have any money. what am i going to do. well here's a little project that might help.project 1:
I-Don't-Have-Time-To-Make coasters.
here's what you'll need:
1 piece flannel 8 in. x 8 in.9 in. x 9 in.
1 piece fusible batting 6 in. x 6 in.
1 piece recycled denim 5 in. x 5 in.center fusible batting on top of wrong side of flannel and press.
fold corners of flannel over fusible batting and press.
fold sides of flannel over all sides and press.
if using flannel you will need to pin in place.
if using cotton the iron may crease fabric enough to not need pins.
center recycled denim over exposed batting and pin all layers together.
zig-zag around edges of denim to secure all layers together.
trim threads and you're done.project 2:
You're-Not-Listening-To-Me-I-Said-I-Don't-Have-Any-Time-To-Make coasters.
here's what you'll need:
1 piece flannel 6 in. x 6 in.
1 piece batting 4 in. x 4 in.
1 piece recycled denim 6 in. x 6 in.center batting on top of wrong side of flannel.
place wrong side of recycled denim on top of wrong side of flannel with batting.
mark lines thru center up & down and left & right.
mark lines on all sides 1 in. from edge.
zig-zag on all marked lines.
zig-zag around all outside edges.
cut all outside edges using pinking shears.
trim threads and you're done.
well unless you have time to throw in washer and dryer.
all denim frays differently. so results may vary.i told you yesterday that Melanie sent me an older patchwork magazine. these were inspired by a quick-to-make scented sachet in that magazine that measured 4 in. x 4 in. an herbal package was inserted between layers. my jumbo coasters measure 6 in. x 6 in. they're reversible. & if they were made bigger and with more batting they would make great potholders. oooh. I-Don't-Have-Time-To-Make potholders. or do i?

6 comments:

Tine said...

LOL! This post might just save my gift-making this year! Not only are these coasters fast to make, they are so pretty! I especially like those last ones! I am going to have a look at my denim/flannel to see if I can make Charles a pair of oh-I-don't-have-time-potholders :D

Melanie said...

Brilliant ideas Karen. I think everyone is starting to think of the little extras out of what they have already for Christmas gifting.

My word verification today is "wakegod" :-)

Shari said...

Love the coasters - thanks for the lesson.
Cheers Shari

Eileen said...

Bravo! This post is going to help a LOT of us!

My verification word today wasn't as good as Melanie's.

Des said...

You are too cute!! Great idea and yeah, I can't stand the complainers either. Make the time, people!!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Such a good idea. Love the vintage christmas ball fabric!